Owing to poor sales, Maruti plans to discontinue S-Cross 1.6 from the market…
It is kind of an irony but yes, that is what we are upto at the moment! Maruti showcased the S-Cross in India at the 2014 Auto Expo. Essentially a crossover version of the now discontinued SX4 sedan, the vehicle was the the first product in India to feature Fiat’s long-awaited 1.6 litre Multijet engine. Maruti opened a new range of outlets called Nexa to sell the premium crossover along with a big workforce.
To compensate for all the additional overheads, they priced S-Cross at a premium which a lot of prospect customers rejected! What followed was a ‘failure’ considering Maruti’s sales standards. S-Cross has been doing around 2000-2500 units for the last few months and though we do not have a break-up, it appears that the 1.6L version is not getting any kind of traction, despite offers and a massive price cut few weeks back.
In an exclusive update, our sources reveal that the company is now planning to discontinue S-Cross 1.6 DDiS version due to poor sales. The engine is imported into India, thereby making it a pretty costly component and they may have estimated higher volumes for economies of scale.
The four pot 1,598 cc mill churns out 118 bhp of maximum power at 3,750 rpm and 320 Nm of peak torque at 1,750 rpm. Mated to this is a six speed manual transmission. Current prices range from Rs 10.23 lakhs till Rs 12.03 lakhs (both ex-showroom, Delhi). It is not known when will the official announcement come – possibly when Maruti exhausts its current quota of units already imported. The S-Cross 1.3 litre DDiS, however, will continue to be on sale.